Art and Culture

Ready, Set, Shoot: Photography Tips from a Pro

“Photography preserves history – it documents the past and brings back memories for our future.” Ferdz Decena has been taking photos of various subjects since he was a teenage boy with a toy camera. Growing up in a family of travel-loving shutterbugs immersed him to a life beyond the four walls of his room and …

From ghost-proofing to sealing in good luck: a home-buyer’s guide to house-hunting

Moving into a new place can be very exciting and very laborious at the same time. It involves a lot of preparations — from choosing where you’re going to live, to hiring the moving van, to bubble-wrapping your belongings and so forth. But in some parts of the world, moving into a new house entails …

Filipino hired in “Apprentice Asia”

MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino is finally hired in “Apprentice Asia.” 11 weeks is all that Filipino product manager Jonathan Allen Yabut needed to prove that he is the most worthy candidate in the region. Yabut, who is a University of the Philippines graduate, bested 11 other promising apprentices from China, Singapore and Malaysia to win in …

The Anatomy of a Nascent Musician

Most people would agree that music is a universal language. It connects almost everyone, whether they understand the lyrics or not. The melodic rhythm reverberates through the soul, touching everyone’s core on some level. Such is the impact of music in the life of Baguio-based musician and singer Ian Paolo Acosta. In an interview with …

A Life of Art

“Whimsically captivating” and “out of this realm” are just some of the words that will come to mind when one sees the artworks of Filipino pop surrealist Buhay Mendoza whose painting career literally started like a walk in a park. Buhay talks about his humble beginnings, artistic influences, and gives tips to aspiring visual artists. …

Of Hearts and Art (and the Occasional Rat)

IT’S undeniable: every person is born with the innate capacity to create. To illustrate, a child learns to finger paint and doodle before he or she is able to do much else. This seed of creativity is our link to The Creator, and a gift which is given to be nurtured and developed throughout life. …

Trash talk

LET’S TALK trash. Old sweaters. Scrap paper and broken clocks. That table you had no use for. An old rubber wheel. A worn shoe (the other pair missing since—you suspect—the Cretaceous Period). A chipped cup. The cupboard handle that came off—POP—one sunny morning. Light bulbs that don’t work. Wine bottles from that dinner party. Milk …